Korg’s KAOSS Pad technology has been embraced by DJs, musicians and producers alike. No other interface is as intuitive, immediate or just plain fun to use. By simply touching, tapping or sliding your finger over the touchpad, the all-new Korg KP3 is a powerful effects sampler that allows you to control multiple effects parameters and manipulate samples in real time. On stage or in the studio, these gestures and moves can become truly powerful and expressive performance elements.

More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves. The KP3 is an effects sampler with 128 exciting effects, ranging from traditional effects such as delays, flangers and reverbs, to exciting new effects, like grain shifter, decimator, analog style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit and EQs controllable directly from the pad.

The new pad lighting system of the KP3 DJ effects sampler provides visual cues for the current program, held position, and more – it can even scroll a custom message! This interface offers a whole new level of operator interaction.

The KP3 effects sampler’s Auto BPM circuit derives tempo information from a turntable or CD player and can sync effects to play in perfect timing, while providing MIDI clock to other devices.

Instant drum grooves and RADIAS-inspired vocoder and synthesizer sounds can also be played on the X/Y pad, and, they can be synced to tempo just like the effects.

Sampling and effects are integrated completely, so you can sample through the effects, and even resample the output to create powerful, multi-element sounds. Plus, you can sample and resample the synths and drums within the unit KAOSSILATOR style, to create musical phrases on the fly!

The KP3 offers a Secure Digital (SD) port, for loading and saving your sample data.

An editor/librarian program is included with the KP3 effects sampler so you can build libraries of samples and edit them using your computer (via USB).

Programs: Effects:
128 in total – Filter (16 types), EQ (2 types), Modulation (12 types), Compressor (2 types), LFO (25 types), Delay (16 types), Reverb (6 types), Grain Shifter (5 types), Looper (13 types), Sample Effect (7 types), Sample Bank Crossfade (4 types), Drums (6 types), Synthesizer (10 types), Vocoder (4 types) Filter (Low-pass / High-pass / Band-pass / 72dB/oct. and Low-pass), Isolator & Distortion, Talk-Filter, Flanger, 8-band EQ, Mid Pitch Shifter, Broken Modulation, Phaser, Ring Modulator & High-pass Filter, Decimator, Low Compressor, Auto-Pan, Slicer, Delay (Ping-Pong, Multi-tap, Reverse & High-pass Filter), Tape Echo, Reverb, Gate Reverb, Grain Shifter, Vinyl Looper, Looper, Forward / Reverse, Four-Sample-Bank Cross Fader Roll, Pad Drum1 / 2, Unison Saw Bass, Noise Synthesizer & Looper, Vocoder, Vocoder M7
Sample Memory: Sampling:
Up to 16 beats X 4 pads at tempos of 73 BPM and higher Up to 8 beats X 4 pads at tempos of 72 BPM and lower 100 samples maximum when using SD card 16 bit, 48 kHz
Conversion: Inputs:
24-bit A/D, D/A Mic (1/4″) with trim knob, Line In L,R (RCA)
Outputs: USB:
Headphone (1/4″ Stereo) with volume, Line Out L,R (RCA) Type B
MIDI: Storage Media:
Power Supply: Dimensions (W x D x H):
DC 12V; 700mA 8.27″ x 8.9″ x 1.93″
CD-ROM (Editor/Librarian), Power Supply, Touchpad protective sheet

* Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.


Operating System Update Version 2.0

PC Operating System: KP3_Ver2_Updater.zip

Mac Operating System: KP3_Ver2_Updater.zip

This Operating System update for the KP3 adds many useful features. A full listing of improvements is included in the download package. Korg recommends the use of the most current software to all users. You will need to have the KP3 connected to your USB equipped computer to complete the upgrade. A full set of instruction is included in this download package in a .pdf document.
Operating System Update Version 1.03

PC Operating System: KP3_0103_Updater.zip

Mac Operating System: KP3_0103_Updater.zip

This new OS for the KP3 fixes a few issues. You can read all about installation and the fixes by downloading the ReadMe.pdf file, or just download the applicable file, which already includes the ReadMe.pdf file. There are two downloads, one for WINDOWS XP/Vista and one for MAC OS X 10.3.9 or later, including MacIntel. Note it will not run under Windows 98/ME/2000..
KP3 – Editor Software Version 1.01

PC Software: KP3_Editor_Win_V1.01.zip

Mac Software: KP3_Editor_Mac_V1.01.zip

This is the latest update for the KP-3 Editor Software. We recommend that you use the latest update. This software is compatible with Windows XP and Vista. After downloading and extracting the .zip file, just double-click on the .exe file and follow the instructions.
11/16/2009 – USB MIDI Driver

PC Driver: Korg_USB_MIDI_Win_112.zip

Mac Driver: KORG_USB-MIDI_Driver_1.0.8_For_Mac.zip

This is the latest USB MIDI driver. This Windows driver is compatible with Windows 7, Vista & XP, in both 32 and 64 bit configurations. This Mac driver is compatible with Intel/Mac. We always recommend that you use the latest driver.

Mac version 1.0.8 Windows Version 1.12
KP3 – Owner’s Manual


Original owner’s manual for the Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad in .pdf form.
KP3 – Easy Start Guide


The Easy Start Guide is a quick step-by-step tutorial that provides a basic overview and highlights key features. While not a replacement for the Owner’s Manual, this is a friendly “hands on” guide that provides a good place to start in getting familiar with this unit.
KP3 – MIDI Effects List and Implementation Chart


This download contains the MIDI Effects List and Implementation Chart. This document provides detailed information about the MIDI functionality of the KP3 as well as an in depth effects list containing all parameter data for the 100 built in effects, including XY parameter information and release type.

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